Titans 34-38

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Titans (Volume 2) #34
Written by Eric Wallace
Art by Fabrizio Fiorentino

Despite hating what happened to Lian Harper and the disgusting way Dan Didio has talked about killing her,  and then what happened to Ryan Choi… this was a good issue and that is due to the creative team telling a strong story. I am actuallu interested in what is to come of Osiris and this creepy guy who takes people’s eyes.

 

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Titans (Volume 2) #35
Written by Eric Wallace
Art by Fabrizio Fiorentino and Phillip Tan

Another good issue of this dark series. I hate how Lian and Ryan have died but Eric Wallace sure knows how to write and Fiorentino knows how to draw beautifully. There was a lot of story in this issue. Wallace isn’t writing for the trade and I like that. The ending where Deathstroke has to fight essentially the creatures from the movie “the Descent” was quite creepy. I wonder if Vixen will ever form her new street team of heroes (Which ironically is how she originally joined the League in the 80’s right because Aquaman wanted to remake the team like that). All of the plots in this book are interesting.

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Titans (Volume 2) #36
Written by Eric Wallace
Art by Fabrizio Fiorentino

This issue wasn’t as good as the last. The art seemed weaker and it ended the arc too easily to me. It was exciting to see the Justice League show up at the end to take Deathstroke to task for the murder of Ryan Choi. Other than that it was only okay. I don’t really care much about Tatooed Man’s arc which is what most of this issue was dedicated to. Deathstroke mentions that Roy and Jericho were once on the same team but…was Jericho and Roy ever on the Titans at the same time? I don’t remember if they were. It seems not but I could be wrong.

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Titans (Volume 2) #37
Written by Eric Wallace
Art by Travis Moore

This was a return to form as Jericho is resurrected by a device Deathstroke helped Sivana create. Then they offer to bring back the dead relatives of the Titans including Lian Harper! I was screaming yes! But the problem is that it might also give Lian eternal life which is hell I guess but Roy should know that in the DC Universe they will figure out how to fix that. Bring back your toddler who didn’t deserve to die at he hands of Prometheus/Dan Didio! Can’t wait to see how this concludes.

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Titans (Volume 2) #38
Written by Eric Wallace
Art by Travis Moore

In the final issue the machine that would have ressurected Lian Harper is destroyed which is too bad but I guess Roy is reformed now and has decided to lead the Titans even though Jericho is now it’s only member. Wallace is a really good writer and I hope he landed somewhere else in DC’s line up after this book. What I like the most is that he included a heartfelt funeral for Ryan Choi which showed he respects the character even though I am sure that editorial forced him to kill Ryan. I am glad Ryan returned in DC Rebirth but I wish it was the same Ryan Choi. I hope in the end it will turn out that everyone’s memories had just been erased and that it is the same Ryan without his memories of being the Atom. Long live the real and original DC Universe!

 

 

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Kryptonian Clones

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Power Girl (Volume 2) #18
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Sami Basri

 

Power Girl gets her ass kicked pretty bad in this by her clone-woman thing I don’t know what to call it. What I don’t get is that Sivana knew how to clone a Kryptonian or make a replicant or whatever – why wouldn’t he have done this before? I hope it is explained because that is a pretty powerful thing. And why does Winick use Sivana in everything he writes? Anyways, the moment where Power Girl remembers everything about Maxwell Lord was pretty awesome though. I wish more happened in this book though.

The Naming of Stinky And Return of Vartox

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Power Girl (Volume 2) #12
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art by Amanda Connor

 

The Palmiotti-Gray-Connor era of Power Girl comes to an end with this issue. This book turned me off completely when it first came out – I despised it but by the end of the second arc I think it is just a joy to read every page and this issue is no different as we get the return of Vartox! Some great Terra and Power Girl moments – and even the naming of Power Girl’s cat. Hats off to this creative team because they will be missed on this book. I can only hope the next team can be half as good because these guys were just outstanding!

Vartox And His Pregno-Ray

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Power Girl (Volume 2) #8
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art by Amanda Connor

This book keeps getting better! Vartox better be coming back soon. Despite him being a disgusting pig, him and Karen have great chemistry. This was a great issue, Connor doesn’t get enough praise for her work on expressions. There were so many moments where I literally laughed out loud reading this. From Vartox’s evening wear to PeeGee smashing the alarm clock. I love this book! Yes, the intitial story arc was pretty awful but the book has improved astronomically since. I was confused by something though…was Vartox really kidding about the Pregno-Ray or not? I don’t think that was very clear.

A Pissed Off Blood Thirsty Diana

Wonder Woman (Volume 3) #30
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Aaron Lopresti

Wonder Woman gets really pissed off this issue and rightfully so. I love myself a pissed off blood thirsty Diana so I really enjoyed this. After Etta Candy is captured and tortured by Genocide, Wonder Woman single-handedly dismantles the society. I love how the usually frightening Phobia is even afraid of Diana here. Wonder Woman truly is a powerhouse in the DCU and a force to be reckoned with and Simone really portrays this well in this issue. I am sure some people will not like that Diana has resorted to killing Genocide but with a creature like this, she has no choice. She is not Superman and Batman, she is her own character and is willing to do what she believes is necessary. It is for this same reason that I have never had a problem with the murder of Maxwell Lord. As for the Olympian, his creation seems to be an after though in this story and not really something I am overly excited about right now. I thought he was going to be the male version of Diana, not Achilles. Unless he just has Achilles’s name and like Diana, is not the Achilles of myth. I don’t know.

Green Arrow & Black Canary 5 – 14

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #5
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Andre Coelho

Get me my damn bow…awesome line. This was another good issue of this series, a series which has been a vast improvement since the relaunch. Green Arrow and Black Canary get married for real in a small ceremony this issue while Ollie grieves over his brain dead. I liked all the flashback explaining that Ollie knew about Connor all these years. I know that Connor is going to be back, but this was still a heartwarming issue.

 

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #6
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Cliff Chiang

As they continue their hunt for Connor this issue I find myself really enjoying Winick’s dialogue. The banter between Black Canary and Green Arrow is fantastic and fits the character’s perfectly, which is something Winick usually doesn’t excel at. I like how he doesn’t write Dinah as being a damsel-in-distress, she is just as capable a hero as Ollie. As for those aliens, I wasn’t expecting that either.

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #7
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton

So the aliens turn out to be guys in costumes in a rather amusing scene where Green Lantern shows up Ollie. But the part where the Arrow team threatens the thugs with a clown and an old lady just seemed weird and out of the blue?! Didn’t really make sense character-wise.

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #8
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton

Umm….all I can say is hell ya it’s Plastic Man! Anytime he is in a comic it is good in my eyes. (Except for that stupid Kyle Baker series, I prefer my Plas in continuity) and this was a decent issue. Still feels like this story has gone on forever.

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #9
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton

Now one book I wouldn’t mind Winick writing at all is a Plastic Man book, he does have a knack for one-liners and that is what Plas is all about. Gosh every second he is “on screen” I love it. What a great character…okay that’s enough gushing over Plastic Man. This was an okay issue, but not much happened, a lot of fighting. Pretty standard stuff.

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #10
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton

Eh another okay issue with more fighting the League of Assassins who may not actually be the League of Assassins. Batman shows his badassness in this issue and Plas is always fun but otherwise really this story is taking too long.

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #11
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton

Finally we get some movement on this story after a couple of issues of just fighting. It looks like Shado is behind everything and it is good to see Winick dipping into Green Arrow history and using her.

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #12
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton

Ummmmm yaaaaaa what the fuck was this issue. This was the dumbest writing I have ever read in comics. How exactly is Connor just okay now? Why did Doctor Sivana even want Green Arrow dead? Have they even met before? This makes no sense. I really think Winick was just making this up as he went along and just wanted to use Sivana because he uses him in everything he writes. Seriously, after this issue, I am ultra glad Winick is leaving this book. What an awful waste of a year-long story arc.

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #13
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton

The pain that was the year long arc of the search for Connor still looms over this title but this was the best issue in a while. Dodger and Speedy’s first date was heartwarming and made me actually like the character of Dodger. As for Connor, something isn’t quite right with him and he seems to have a little bit of Plas’s powers or something. Hmmm….I just hope he is not a clone or something. Guess we will find out next issue.

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Green Arrow & Black Canary #14
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Mike Norton

This is really the end of an era for Green Arrow. This is Winick’s last issue and Winick has been writing the character for five years straight. To be honest, while there was some good stuff, most of his run was rather bland so I can’t wait to see how the next writer does. It was time for Winick to move on. Despite the whole thing with Connor being so ridiculous, I do like that he does not remember how to be an archer because now it makes the character more unique in a world full of superhero archers. Which is the perfect time for Winick to leave, on something good he did for the Green Arrow mythos.

Don’t Fix Costumes That Aren’t Broken

Outsiders (Volume 3) #43
Written by Judd Winick
Art by Ron Randall and Art Thibert

Okay my biggest complaint in this issue has to be Katana’s new costume. Look at that thing, it’s hideous. Why fix something that isn’t broken? Katana’s old costume was just fine. In fact, I rather miss it. Storywise though, this issue was full of comic goodness. O love the parts of a comic where the villain reveals his “master plan” and Sivana even calls it that in this issue. His plan makes sense but I am not sure if Winick had planned this all the way from the beginning of this series or not. He could have but it seems unlikely. The ending was cool too, I did not expect Sabbac to show up. Winick is like the kind of all thing Captain Marvel at DC lately, whether that is a good or bad thing is debatable, but I enjoyed seeing Sabbac and his reason for helping the Outsiders surprisingly made perfect sense. Next issue looks like a lot of fun, Red Hood will make an appearence in a “one year ago” flashback.